Christian Bale has not made a comedy since American Psycho. The funniest moments he has had are as Patrick Bateman or Bruce Wayne. It’s time for him to make a comedy that doesn’t involve him murdering people or wearing a bat costume and talking in gravelly voice. It’s time for Blank Check 2: Checks and Balances. And we’re not talking about a gritty, bale-out reboot. We’re talking about zany family fun in the spirit of the original.
The plot is simple: 15 years after the events of Blank Check, Preston Waters (Bale) is 26 years old and living in Washington DC as a pizza delivery man. When corrupt US Senator Lawrence Biderman (cousin of bad guy Edward Biderman from the first film) is driving drunk, he crashes into Preston’s delivery car, totaling it. Desperate to not be caught, the senator cuts Preston a deal: he will pay Preston $1,000,000 in stolen funds to keep quiet. Preston fails to remember the lesson he learned in the early 90s and takes the deal, setting off a series of crazy hijinks, wild slapstick comedy, go kart races, terrible impulse purchases, and money laundering fun that the whole family can enjoy!
The best part is that Preston would now be old enough to date Shay Stanley (Karen Duffy, reprising her role from the original), the FBI agent he had a crush on in the first film. Everyone can agree that it would be a lot less creepy when they kissed this time.